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    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Gov. Tim Walz announced Friday that he will convene a special legislative session starting on July 13. The last special session ended abruptly on June 20, after the hope of a compromise between Senate Republicans and House Democrats on police reform and bonding ended, unresolved. “I am asking Republicans and Democrats in the legislature to work together on the urgent matters Minnesotans expect them to tackle this summer,” said Walz in a release. “Give me a bill to...
    DOWNTOWN — Cook County residents can now report criminal police misconduct to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office through an online portal. Residents can report incidents such as excessive force, intimidation, and theft by filling out an online form. The form requires a description of the incident, the names and badge numbers of the officers, and any photos or videos that may have been taken. Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx announced the online process Thursday to implement more measures...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Mayor Bill de Blasio says the state attorney general’s recommendation to have a commission oversee the city’s police department “just won’t work.” “In terms of that particular proposal, I don’t think it will work. I think it would be counterproductive,” de Blasio said Thursday. WATCH: Mayor De Blasio Delivers His Latest Briefing  New York State Attorney General Letitia James is investigating the NYPD’s recent interactions with protesters and shared her preliminary findings Wednesday. “The police should...
    As lawmakers in Ohio work toward enacting police reform, it remains unclear what the legislature will accomplish. Democrats and Republicans in the state legislature have offered proposals for reform, while Gov. Mike DeWine and Attorney General Dave Yost also offered a recommendation. However, the push for police reform has predictably divided the legislature along party lines. Ayesha Bell Hardaway, assistant professor of law at Case Western Reserve University, said transparency is the key to any improvements. “I...
    State lawmakers are churning out extra proposed legal guidelines to carry cops accountable for misconduct. A invoice launched by state Sen. Alessandra Biaggi (D-Bronx) would require law enforcement officials to acquire private legal responsibility insurance coverage to cowl civil lawsuits filed in opposition to them for extreme drive and different abuses as a strategy to deter misconduct. Underneath present legislation, cops who’re sued are represented by the town legislation division and taxpayers foot the invoice for any verdict or...
    State lawmakers are churning out more proposed laws to hold cops accountable for misconduct. A bill introduced by state Sen. Alessandra Biaggi (D-Bronx) would require police officers to obtain personal liability insurance to cover civil lawsuits filed against them for excessive force and other abuses as a way to deter misconduct. Under current law, cops who are sued are represented by the city law department and taxpayers foot the bill for any verdict or settlement.FORMER NYPD DETECTIVE BLASTS DE BLASIO...
    State lawmakers are churning out more proposed laws to hold cops accountable for misconduct. A bill introduced by state Sen. Alessandra Biaggi (D-Bronx) would require police officers to obtain personal liability insurance to cover civil lawsuits filed against them for excessive force and other abuses as a way to deter misconduct. Under current law, cops who are sued are represented by the city law department and taxpayers foot the bill for any verdict or settlement. Biaggi’s proposal would require...
    Critics are worried that legislation to end the statewide ban on public sector collective bargaining could curtail efforts to address police brutality, police accountability and other reforms. Effective May 1, 2021, if signed, the bills would allow local governments to pass ordinances that permit public sector unions to enter into collective bargaining agreements and institute binding arbitration. These agreements would grant the union authority to negotiate contracts for all employees in a working group, even those who do...
    By Casey Tolan, Nelli Black and Drew Griffin | CNN One San Antonio police officer repeatedly used the n-word as he arrested a Black man for trespassing at a mall. Another told a man he could go free if he beat the officer in a fistfight. A third allegedly tried to give a homeless man a sandwich filled with dog feces. All of them were fired by the police chief. And all of them were rehired after an arbitrator overturned...
    Jaime Harrison has released an ad about the need for police reform and accountability addressing it to his sons as he seeks to unseat Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) in their South Carolina Senate race. READ MORE: Sen. Lindsey Graham outraised by Dem challenger Jaime Harrison The “My Community” ad is narrated by the Black Democrat who has raised millions in his bid to replace the GOP senator who is closely aligned to President Donald Trump. Recent polling has shown that the...
    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Advocates for police reform gathered on the front steps of Sioux Falls city hall on Wednesday to announce they had created a new coalition to advocate for changes to the Sioux Falls Police Department. The group, called the South Dakota Coalition for Justice and Equity, said it would be advocating for greater transparency around incidents of police force, including an independent, community-led process for reviewing complaints against the police. While Mayor Paul TenHaken has largely...
    By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Republican-controlled Minnesota Senate opened hearings Wednesday on the unrest that rocked the state after the death of George Floyd, focusing on the destruction rather than the underlying issues of racism and policing on which Democrats have concentrated. The hearings will help Republicans frame up issues for the fall election campaign, tapping into outrage felt by many Minnesota residents over the unrest, and with an eye toward their base. The GOP is...
    (CBS4)– Colorado Congressman Joe Neguse helps pass major police reform legislation out of the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill includes banning chokeholds and no-knock warrants in drug cases. (credit: Mark Reinstein/ Getty Images) The bill moves onto the U.S. Senate. A new police accountability law in Colorado is the first in the country to hold officers personally liable for wrongdoing. Gov.Jared Polis signed the bill on Juneteenth, just 16 days after it was introduced.
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Maryland lawmakers say they’re focused on police reform ahead of next year’s legislative session. Tuesday, Maryland’s new workgroup on police reform and accountability met for the first time. “Those three words — reforming systemic injustice — need to be more than just words,” Maryland House Speaker Adrienne Jones said. Jones called policing in America “broken.” She wants the workgroup to make recommendations to improve accountability and transparency. Also under scrutiny is the Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill...
    Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN) told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview on Tuesday his legislation to reform qualified immunity would create transparency and accountability for America’s law enforcement while protecting them from frivolous lawsuits. Braun introduced the Reforming Qualified Immunity Act on Tuesday, which would reform law enforcement’s qualified immunity legal protection to open up them to civil lawsuits. Braun contended the Supreme Court granted law enforcement and government employees an overly broad qualified immunity defense, even when they allegedly...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto has responded to recent calls for more police accountability. Members of the Black Activist and Organizer Collective delivered their letter of demands to the Mayor and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald last week. (Photo Credit: KDKA) Some of those demands included defunding the police and removing police from all schools. Mayor Peduto responded that he created or helped build groups and organizations that support black communities and children. Mayor Peduto’s full response can...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Several civil rights groups say they’re not happy with how Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey plans to address police accountability in the city. Several community leaders came together to say they do not want Frey to turn police reform and accountability over to the Minneapolis Foundation, which is lead by former Mayor R.T. Rybak. Instead they want a civilian council of community members to have power and make decisions when it comes to police accountability, emphasizing they want...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A special session of the Minnesota Legislature appeared to be in a stalemate Friday with both parties deeply divided on how far lawmakers should go toward remaking policing in the state where George Floyd was killed. The Democratic-controlled House early Friday passed an extensive package of police accountability measures wrapped into one bill. It includes elements of five more modest policing bills that the Republican-controlled Senate passed earlier in the week but would make bigger...
    A special session of the Minnesota Legislature appeared to be in a stalemate Friday with both parties deeply divided on how far lawmakers should go toward remaking policing in the state where George Floyd was killed. The Democratic-controlled House early Friday passed an extensive package of police accountability measures wrapped into one bill. It includes elements of five more modest policing bills that the Republican-controlled Senate  passed earlier in the week but would make bigger changes than what Senate Republicans...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A special session of the Minnesota Legislature appeared to be in a stalemate Friday with both parties deeply divided on how far lawmakers should go toward remaking policing in the state where George Floyd was killed. The Democratic-controlled House early Friday passed an extensive package of police accountability measures wrapped into one bill. It includes elements of five more modest policing bills that the Republican-controlled Senate passed earlier in the week but would make bigger changes than...
    The Republican-controlled Minnesota Senate on Tuesday debated a package of police accountability measures drawn up following the death of George Floyd, but with a more extensive set of bills advancing in the Democrat-dominated House critics warned the Senate proposals don’t go far enough. The full House is expected to vote this week on a package developed by the bicameral People of Color and Indigenous Caucus that has some elements in common with the Senate plan. But the House slate also...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Republican-controlled Minnesota Senate on Tuesday debated a package of police accountability measures drawn up following the death of George Floyd but, with a more extensive set of bills advancing in the Democrat-dominated House, critics said the Senate proposals don’t go far enough. The full House is expected to vote this week on a package developed by the bicameral People of Color and Indigenous Caucus that has some elements in common with the Senate plan. But the...
    Re: “What will we do when the Floyd protests die down?” (Opinion section, Mercurynews.com, June 7): I’m glad Jeff Rosen asked. The Santa Clara County District Attorney could start with inviting some South Bay representatives of the Black Lives Matter movement to review the External Oversight, Reporting, and Organizational Accountability report of last year. The situation is this: We have a minimal police accountability structure in the city of San Jose and none in Santa Clara County — maybe you...
    Police officers will have to file a report every time they discharge their weapon under a new law approved by Gov. Andrew Cuomo Monday. The discharge bill was one of three police accountability measures signed into law by the governor — following a slew of other proposals approved last week in response to the police brutality death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The new discharge law requires state and local law enforcement officers to verbally report firing a gun while...
    Washington (CNN)The Supreme Court declined on Monday to take a closer look at a legal doctrine it created nearly 40 years ago that critics say is shielding law enforcement and government officials from accountability. The decision comes as protesters across the country have been reacting to the death of a black man, George Floyd, at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis. The death has sparked nationwide protests pushing for more police accountability and reform. In recent years,...